Department of Statistics

Planning a Conjoint BCom/BSc or Conjoint BA/BCom

A conjoint programme is an approved combination of two degrees which you take at the same time. You can complete two degrees in less time than it would take to complete them separately.  

The Statistics programme

Statistics (including Operations Research) can be studied as either a major or minor part of any of the most popular degrees. Your choice of degree depends on what else you want to study.

Our Statistics Undergraduate Programme looks like this:


Applied courses are about practical methods for collecting and analysing data. Computers do the mechanical work of constructing graphs, estimates and tests, leaving us free to concentrate on understanding what it all means and how to react.

Theoretical courses are concerned with underlying principles and mathematical derivations. They are fun for people who like doing maths. Theoretical understanding is necessary if you wish to learn how to develop new statistical methods and is helpful for understanding advanced techniques.

Applied Statistics courses: Any Stage 1; STATS 201, STATS 207 or 208; STATS 301, STATS 302, STATS 326, STATS 330, STATS 331, STATS 340
Theoretical Statistics courses: Any Stage 1 but preferably including STATS 125; STATS 210, STATS 225; STATS 310, STATS 320, STATS 325, STATS 370. MATHS 340 is very useful if going on to postgraduate study
Statistical Computing courses: STATS 220; STATS 301, STATS 380

Planning a Conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science (BCom/BSc) or Conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (BA/BCom)

Students who are serious about combining commerce and statistics are advised to take a conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science (BCom/BSc) or a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (BA/BCom).

A conjoint programme is an approved combination of two degrees that you take at the same time; it takes a minimum of four years. Conjoint degrees are challenging, but permit a broader education and increased employment opportunities.

Conjoint degrees are required or recommended for roles in financial analysis, consumer insights analysis, medical statistics, operations research, and strategic analysis.

The best way to start planning your conjoint degree is to talk to one of our student advisers.

Alumni profiles


BSc/BCom in Commercial Law, Statistics and Marketing

Suzy Haden, Analyst (Consulting), PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Bachelor of Science in Statistics & Bachelor of Commerce in Commercial Law and Marketing.

At university, I took practical, applied statistics papers rather than theory, as I enjoy analysing real-world data and trying to understand what it means. The applied statistics papers also helped deepen my understanding of my marketing papers. I now work as an Analyst (Consulting) for professional services firm PwC.

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BSc/BCom in Finance, Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Nick Gray, Long-term interest rate trader, Deutsche Bank

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics & Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance

I would recommend studying statistics in conjunction with other courses as it can be applied to nearly any industry that is of interest to you. When combined with other areas of expertise statistics is a very powerful tool which will open up a wide range of job opportunities. I now work as a long-term interest rate trader at Deutsche Bank.

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